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Old 12-18-2009, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Linksys wireless adapter and Windows 7

Right now I am using a Linksys wireless adpater model WMP54g version 4.1 to connect to the internet.

I am about to upgrade to Windows 7 Pro 64bit and need to know if this will work with Windows 7. I ran the Upgrade advisor and it said go the Linksys's website and download the driver for Windows 7 but I did not see one for 7.

Does anybody know if this adapter will work in Windows 7? I don't want to install Windows 7 then find out it will not work. I got to have my internet
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Default Re: Linksys wireless adapter and Windows 7

Windows 7 should have a driver for it, but I'm not all sure. I don't see any 7 drivers either..

Try the Vista drivers. Win 7 is built on the same core as Vista.
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Default Re: Linksys wireless adapter and Windows 7

I just had a chat with someone from Linksys and said it would not work with Windows 7 because of compatibility issues. He even said it shouldn't work on Vista either. If it shouldn't work with Vista, then why would they have a driver for Vista? I don't think he knew what he was talking about, how surprising.
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The driver Linksys has for Vista only works for the 32-bit version so your out of luck with Windows 7 64-bit. But you could always get one of these

This has Win 7 support
Newegg.com - Zonet ZEW2546 IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, 802.1x - Wireless Adapters
and this one
Newegg.com - EDIMAX EW-7717Un IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WEP 64/128, WPA, WPA2 Cisco CCX Support WPS configuration - Wireless Adapters
And it looks like this has Win 7 support
Newegg.com - SMC SMCWUSB-G IEEE 802.11b/g USB 2.0 EZ Connect 2.4GHz Wireless Adapter Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2 - Wireless Adapters

I'm sure there are others as well
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Default Re: Linksys wireless adapter and Windows 7

Since I am using this on Vista 64bit with no problems, is there a chance that it would work with Windows 7 64bit?

I don't even have to download a driver to get it working in Vista 64bit. I just use the cd it came with and works every time.

I hope I don't have to buy a new one. I planned on installing Windows 7 tonight.
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Default Re: Linksys wireless adapter and Windows 7

Its long winded but you could install a virtual machine and see if the driver works.
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Or you could get something like this Newegg.com - EDIMAX EW-7206APG Wireless LAN Access Point - Wireless AP / Bridges . I have two of the 7209 and think they are brilliant.
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Well i decided to take a chance and installed Windows 7. Guess what, it worked with no problems at all. I am running Windows 7 right now. All I did was use the cd the card came with.

I can't believe how much different Windows 7 looks over Vista. It going to take some time to get used to.
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Default Re: Linksys wireless adapter and Windows 7

Really? I don't think they look different at all. In fact if you just glanced for 5 second at both screens you probably couldn't tell any difference.

Most of the changes are 'under the hood' and won't be noticed by most users.
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What looks different to me is the taskbar and how there seems to be no line between open windows and the taskbar. Even the windows themselves seem different somehow.
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